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Weekend Warrior Weapons, Wild Side Edition – Eight Meta Staples and Thirty-Three Off-Meta Brews to Climb the Ladder With

At first glance, our formerly swingy Meta has now settled, like the tides, for a predictable pattern... Yet, under the surface, there's a staggering amount of off-meta brews and experimental blends.
Best LoR Ladder Decks

Welcome, my friend! Welcome!

Step inside, please, and leave office quibbles behind. Friday's here, at last -- time for fun, a bit of risk, and fair fights!

So, what shall I furnish you with? Our fine selection, carefully curated from distinguished datamancers Balco and Legna, has everything from risky brews to the most potent Meta staples.

Would you like to…

… take a glimpse at the current Meta?

… peruse our Top Cut?

  • Lulu Ahri, this week's challenger to the throne,
  • Their Eternal Majesties, Ahri Kennen Shurima,
  • Pantheon Taric, again near the top,
  • Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts, returned with a vengeance to among the strongest of the strong,
  • The eternal stalkers, Ahri Kennen Shadows, who have now surpassed the Queen and King in popularity,

… maybe check other strong Meta Staples?

  • Fizz Lulu, aka YiA, proving they are no fluke,
  • Trundle Tryndamere Shadows, making a surprise return at near the top,
  • Darkness,

… visit our newly-stocked Connoisseur's Corner?

  • Jinx Poppy, a real rarity from the the Asia Pacific shard,
  • Zed Poppy Rally, returned to relevance with nary a change in their old decklist,
  • Zed Lulu Rally, another take reviving Rally Elusives,
  • Jinx Legacy Poros, because why go Champless when you can go Jinx?
  • Caitlyn Senna, a permission- and top-heavy deck,
  • Kalista Elise, a mutation of Iceborn Spiders,
  • Kindred Lux,
  • Draven Jinx, a returned classic,

… or shall we take a walk on the wild side, and sample some of the many, many blends that prominent pilots are testing at the top?

  • Zed Riven,
  • Captain Lucian, one of this week's decks that attempt the Bannerman route,
  • Supressin' Miss Fortune Poppy,
  • Ziggs Zilean,
  • Jayce Kindred Heimer,
  • Frozen Bonds,
  • Caitlyn Draven Tribeam,
  • Sejuani Swain, because not decks showcase is complete without the Grand General,
  • Azir Irelia Kennen,
  • Kalista Viego, another take on the Matron Cithria combo,
  • Garen Jarvan Elites, another Bannerman deck,
  • Elise Fizz,
  • Braum Swain Scargrounds, a very different take on the Scargrounds archetype,
  • Noxus Teemo Burn,
  • Elise Teemo Burn,
  • Ezreal Teemo Burn,
  • Aye, there seems to be a lot of interest in Burn!
  • Spicy Scouts, ft. Jarvan,
  • Bandle Brothers, ft. Rumble,
  • Sivir Ziggs Noxurimaggro,
  • Bandle Jinx Rumble,
  • Lonesome BandleZaun Lulu,
  • Lonesome Senna's Regrets,
  • Yordle Rally, ft. Fizz, Tristana & Poppy,
  • Ezreal Kennan,
  • The Hairy Rose.

The Meta -- Still Waters Run Deep

At first glance, our formerly swingy Meta has now settled, like the tides, for a predictable pattern: a new deck, in this case Lulu Ahri, has risen to challenge Ahri Kennen's rule…

… while those that closely follow are the usual suspect, as they say.

Yet, in spite of most other faces among the top blends being fairly familiar, as Legna says in his last Monday's tweet (link):

The meta seems to be reaching a sort of stability even when using day-by-day playrates which is quite rare to see. At the same time the amount of new deckcodes I'm finding remain constant/high. 

In other words: there's indeed no shortage of experimentation and spicy blends to sample, my friend, if such is your wish, as I hope you shall let me show you!

And, as we'll see below, underneath the surface even the familiar faces at the top are undergoing some degree of refinement and fine-tuning.

A Cut Above the Rest -- 55% winrate or more, at Plat+

For those seeking power and confidence, these are the best of the best: tried and true Meta Staples, all with a playrate above 1% in Platinum and upper echelons -- leaving therefore little room for doubt about the accuracy of their performance -- and winrates that, by Riot's own definition, are in the "broken" range.

Lulu Ahri

The best performing archetype in the past three days, and with still room for tweaks, like whether or not to include Pix!.

Data strongly suggests that some form of counterspell, like Deny or Nopeify!, is a requirement.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Elise Noxus, Kindred Viego, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Trundle Shadows builds, Anivia Shadows, slightly disfavored versus Ahri Kennen blends & Scouts

Regions
Ionia
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
6
common
23
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
3
Lulu
3
Followers
19
1
Pix!
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Sump Dredger
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
7
Windfarer Hatchling
2
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Deny
1
4
Suit Up!
2

Their Royal Majesties, Ahri Kennen Shurima

More things swing, the more they stay the same -- although it is perhaps puzzling how stable this blend's playrate is, and how other lower-performing formulas are always preferred over it.

Interestingly, our Queen and King may not have reached their peak: the Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed variant, which data increasingly shows as superior (and therefore the one we currently suggest), is not yet the most popular.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Champless Poros, Pantheon Blends, Taliyah Ziggs, and the list goes on…

Struggles Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus Trundle Tryndamere, Pirates, Nightfall

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
2
3
9
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
17
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Spells
15
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
The Absolver
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
1
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Pantheon Taric Demacia

Taric has proven by now its permanence at the peak is no fluke.

And, like Ahri Kennen, this archetype's most popular list is not the best performer, hinting at potential for growth. Our suggested formula, which is the second most popular, makes a bit of room for Hush and an extra Bastion)

Strong Against: Scouts, Darkness, Champless Poros, Elise Trundle, Thralls, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen builds, Elise Noxus, Pantheon Shyvana, Fizz Lulu, Lee Sin Zoe, Lulu Zed Rally, Draven Jinx

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
6
3
11
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
3
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

Yet again we find the same pattern: the Cithria the Bold variant, by far the most popular, may still be improved: Genevieve Elmheart, with a single copy of Riposte, seems to fare even better.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Elise Noxus, Champless Poros, Pirates, Thralls

Struggles Against: Pantheon blends, Sentinel Control, Jayce Lux, Vladimir Braum

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bilgewater
12 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
20
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
6
3
9
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
22
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Marai Warden
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Grizzled Ranger
2
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Blinding Assault
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Riposte
1

Ahri Kennen Shadows

Perhaps the most interesting bit of news at the top: the Shadows variant of the ruling Queen and King, while still trailing a few decimals behind in performance, has overtaken the Shurima variant when it comes to popularity -- perhaps partly thanks to Kevor's detailed guide (link), which he wrote after reaching and retaining Top #1 on the Americas leaderboard with this blend.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Taliyah Ziggs, Pantheon blends, Akshan Sivir, Heimer Jayce blends

Struggles Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus, Thralls, Nightfall

Regions
Ionia
37 cards
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
10
2
2
3
11
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
13
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
2
2
Navori Conspirator
2
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
3
4
Homecoming
3

Other Strong Meta Staples -- above 53% winrate at Plat+

If none of the above blends are what you would call your cup of tea, my friend, then maybe these other powerful Meta Staples can fit the bill -- all of them likewise boasting a playrate of at least 1% in Platinum and above, so their potency is well-proven.

Any of these you take to the ladder, you can be assured you are bringing one of the best tools for the job

Fizz Lulu Bandlezaun, aka YiA

Perhaps the most refined archetype from among the Staples, with the most proficient blends only current disagreement being the exact number of Fizzs to bring.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Elise Noxus, Pantheon blends, Champless Poros, Kindred Viego, Taliyah Ziggs, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Shadows blends, Kindred Sentinels

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Lulu
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Trundle Tryndamere Shadows

Those that frequent our fine establishment will probably label this archetype's resurgence as the biggest -- even if mild, overall -- surprise: as of late, Trundle Tryndamere had been on the decline.

Its boosted performance seems to be linked to most blends cutting Commander Ledros, and either relying more heavily on spells, or bringing It That Stares into the mix.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Pirates, Kindred Sentinels, Ahri Lulu

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Kindred Viego, Taliyah Ziggs, Thralls

Regions
Freljord
27 cards
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
14
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
5
2
5
3
8
4
8
5
3
6
11
7+
Champions
6
5
Trundle
3
8
Tryndamere
3
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
7
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
8
It That Stares
2
Spells
24
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Flash Freeze
2
4
Avalanche
3
4
The Box
2
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
2
9
The Ruination
1
12
Feel The Rush
3

Veigar Senna, aka Darkness

Joining the trend of familiar faces willing to undergo a small facelift, this well-known archetype's best-performing blends are ditching Go Hard, to make room for Group Shot and sometimes a copy of The Rekindler.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Fizz Lulu, Pirates, Kindred Sentinels, Nightfall, Lee Sin Zoe

Struggles Against: Pantheon blends, Taliyah Ziggs, Thralls, Akshan Sivir, Jayce Lux

Regions
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
25 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
13
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
16
2
2
3
8
4
4
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
5
Senna
3
Followers
16
2
Conchologist
3
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
7
The Rekindler
1
Spells
18
1
Group Shot
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Mist's Call
1
3
Stress Defense
1
4
The Box
2
5
Withering Wail
1
6
Minimorph
1
6
Vengeance
2
9
The Ruination
1

Other Considerations

There are of course several others very playable Meta Staples in the 50%-53% WR range, which we have chosen not to openly display lest the list becomes too long -- do drop me a comment, my friend, should any of the other well-known decks be your weapon of choice, and I shall furnish you with whatever information I possess.

Connoisseur's Corner

There's climbing.

And then there's climbing with flair.

All archetypes in our Connoisseur's Corner have at least two hundred games under their belt -- and sometimes quite a bit more -- in the Ladder's upper echelons, where they all boast winrates above 52%. If you are looking for weaponry that is well-tested yet little-known, look no further!

Jinx Poppy Discard Aggro

Ah, now this brew is truly a delicacy: a blend so rare that, until three days ago, only five players from across all shards were playing it at Masters.

And, two weeks ago, it was played solely and uniquely in the Asia Pacific server -- attentive readers may remember it being showcased by Leer and Wamuu as they shared with the world their notes (link) about their finds while rummaging Balco's Secret Single-Shard Stash.

So rare a blend, in fact, that you will not currently find matchup data for it from Legna or Balco, which would normally mean that we would list this brew in our Wild Side section…

… but, in this case, Wamuu was so in love with this idea that he took it for a wild romp in Masters, with rocketing success -- if you want to learn about this blend in depth, my friend, then Wamuu's guide (link) should do a better job than I ever will.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Bandlecity
11 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
14
2
3
3
9
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jinx
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
18
1
Forge Chief
3
1
Yordle Squire
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Spells
16
1
Purpleberry Shake
2
2
Electro Harpoon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Rummage
2
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Suit Up!
3

Zed Poppy Rally

Discarded and forgotten after innumerable nerfs, the ruthless rulers of the pre-Ahri era seem to have returned. The list is almost indistinguishable from the pre-nerf formula, giving credence to the rumor that mixing Rally with Elusives is never a losing proposition.

Strong Against: Pantheon Taric

Struggles Against: Lurkers, Scouts, slight disadvantage versus Darkness

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
17
2
6
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
18
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Navori Bladescout
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Young Witch
3
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Spells
16
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
3

Zed Lulu Rally

Another take to revive Rally Elusives -- all three shards currently show the exact list that we suggest as their most popular, which strongly implies that this archetype may rock the boat quite a bit next week.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Champless Poros, Pantheon Taric, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Scouts, Trundle Shadows builds, Anivia Shadows

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Ionia
22 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
11
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
3
Zed
3
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Navori Bladescout
1
1
The Mourned
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Young Witch
3
3
Laurent Protege
1
3
Shadow Assassin
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Spells
13
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
2

Jinx Legacy Poros

Champless Poros, but with less -less and more Jinx.

Surely that cannot possibly go wrong!

Strong Against: Darkness, Champless Poros, Freljord Shadows builds

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Elise Noxus Scouts, Pantheon Shyvana

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Freljord
11 cards
Rarities
12 000
champion
2
epic
0
rare
11
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
12
2
6
3
2
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
2
4
Jinx
2
Followers
15
1
Daring Poro
3
1
Forge Chief
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Poro Herder
3
3
Station Archivist
3
Spells
23
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Stress Testing
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Iterative Improvement
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
3
3
Poro Snax
3
6
Iceborn Legacy
3

Caitlyn Senna

A permission-heavy, top-heavy deck, much more popular in the APAC shard than the others. Notice its good matchups into two of the strongest Meta Staples.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Scouts, Elise Noxus

Struggles Against: Darkness, Lurkers

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
30 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
7
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
10
2
3
3
8
4
9
5
3
6
7
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
5
Senna
3
Followers
8
2
Ferros Financier
3
9
Commander Ledros
3
9
Corina Veraza
2
Spells
26
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
1
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Aftershock
2
4
Gotcha!
2
4
Statikk Shock
1
4
The Box
3
5
Withering Mist
3
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Vengeance
3
9
The Ruination
2

Frozen Kalista Elise

A mutation of the Iceborn Spiders archetype, with Kalista instead of Trundle and more spider synergy.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Kindred Viego, Ahri Kennen Shadows -- even into Scouts

Struggles Against: Champless Poros (a really bad matchup), Darkness, Ahri Kennen Shurima

Regions
Freljord
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
6
3
0
4
0
5
6
6
4
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
3
Kalista
3
Followers
12
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
7
They Who Endure
3
Spells
22
1
Crawling Sensation
3
1
Three Sisters
3
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Troll Chant
3
2
Vile Feast
3
6
Brood Awakening
3
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
9
The Harrowing
1

Kindred Lux

Mostly an APAC-only blend until last week, this take on the Matron Cithria combo has now become widespread.

Here is a YouTube video (link) by prominent pilot freshlobster, with the ins and outs of this deck.

Strong Against: Pantheon Shyvana, Jayce Lux, Nightfall

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Darkness, Elise Trundle, Anivia Shadows (horrible matchup)

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
16
2
3
3
4
4
6
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
5
Lux
3
Followers
17
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
2
Fading Icon
3
2
Minion
1
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
5
Radiant Guardian
2
8
Spectral Matron
3
10
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
3
Spells
17
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
The Box
1
5
Withering Wail
1
6
Vengeance
3

Draven Jinx

It would seem these are good times for going wide -- and few blends do so faster than this old classic, somewhat forgotten after the arrival of Sion.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Pantheon blends, Champless Poros

Struggles Against: Darkness (horrible matchup), Ahri Kennen blends, Freljord Shadows Control blends

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
11
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
4
Jinx
3
Followers
21
1
Legion Rearguard
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
2
Boom Baboon
1
2
Flame Chompers!
3
2
House Spider
3
4
Crowd Favorite
3
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Jury-Rig
3
2
Rummage
1
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Vision
3

A Walk on the Wild Side

As Legna mentioned in his tweet, there is much to rejoice if you find little pleasure in a steady, predictable climb, and would rather run the risks of ranking with rare brews: the amount of experimental blends is staggering, to put it mildly.

All these below brews have but a few handful of games in the last few days -- while, according to the data, they all performed grandly at Platinum and above, the small sample size makes these claims somewhat shaky. Anything from blind luck to ungodly piloting skills could skew the results, therefore our usual two Wild Side caveats apply here: pilots beware, and no guts no glory!

Zed Riven

A Riven blend, as tradition demands; not ideal against Scouts and Ahri Kennen Shurima, but boasting extremely high winrates.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Ionia
21 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
12
2
13
3
6
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
3
Zed
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
19
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Runeweaver
3
3
Shadow Assassin
2
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
5
Kato The Arm
3
6
Horns of the Dragon
2
Spells
13
1
Blade's Edge
1
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Retreat
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Might
3
4
Concussive Palm
1
4
Deny
2

Captain Lucian 

An all-Demacia blend, save for the Yordle Captain making everything bigger.

Regions
Demacia
37 cards
Bandlecity
3 cards
Rarities
21 300
champion
3
epic
6
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
8
3
7
4
2
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
3
2
Lucian
3
Followers
30
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
3
1
Penitent Squire
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
3
Laurent Protege
1
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
5
Screeching Dragon
2
6
Cithria the Bold
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Spells
7
1
Radiant Strike
2
2
Sharpsight
3
3
Prismatic Barrier
1
4
Riposte
1

Supressin' Miss Fortune Poppy 

A take on Scouts, with Poppy and Stony Suppressor into the mix. Do notice it loses to the standard Scouts deck.

Strong Against: Darkness, Ahri Kennen blends, Champless Poros, Draven Rumble, Pirates

Struggles Against: Scouts, Lurkers, Pantheon blends (really bad matchups), Elise Trundle

Regions
Bilgewater
13 cards
Demacia
27 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
18
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
11
2
8
3
8
4
1
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
25
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Jagged Butcher
2
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Marai Warden
3
2
Stony Suppressor
3
3
Laurent Protege
3
4
Grizzled Ranger
1
4
Island Navigator
3
5
Razorscale Hunter
1
6
Citrus Courier
1
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
3
2
Sharpsight
3
3
Cataclysm
2
4
Riposte
1

Ziggs Zilean 

You want Landmarks? We've got Landmarks -- aggressively so.

Regions
Bandlecity
11 cards
Shurima
32 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
17
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
11
2
17
3
4
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
3
Ziggs
3
Landmarks
5
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
18
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
3
Waste Walker
3
4
Desert Naturalist
3
8
The Arsenal
3
Spells
11
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
3
Unleashed Energy
2
3
Unraveled Earth
3
4
Rite of Negation
1

Jayce Kindred Heimerdinger

A slight variation of Jayce Heimer Shadows, which has grown a bit in popularity as of late.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
4
0
3
1
11
2
6
3
5
4
5
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
1
4
Kindred
2
5
Heimerdinger
3
Followers
6
1
Adaptatron 3000
3
3
Hextech Handler
3
Spells
28
0
Production Surge
2
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
2
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
4
The Box
2
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Shock Blast
3
6
Vengeance
3

Frozen Bonds 

Draven and Darius, on the rocks.

Strong Against: Darkness, Taliyah Ziggs

Struggles Against: Scouts, Lurkers, Ahri Kennen blends, Pantheon Taric, Fizz Lulu 

Regions
Freljord
12 cards
Noxus
28 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
8
3
0
4
5
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
6
Darius
3
Followers
24
1
Omen Hawk
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Ruthless Raider
3
3
Iron Ballista
3
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
7
Ancient Yeti
3
8
Captain Farron
3
Spells
10
2
Brothers' Bond
3
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Whirling Death
2
5
Decisive Maneuver
2

Caitlyn Draven Tribeam

A fairly old archetype that seems to have sparked renewed interest as of late.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Pantheon Shyvana -- slight edge versus Lurkers and Scouts

Struggles Against: Darkness, Ahri Kennen blends (horrible matchup)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Noxus
15 cards
Rarities
30 700
champion
6
epic
7
rare
8
common
19
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
3
2
20
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
3
Draven
3
Followers
17
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
2
Ferros Financier
1
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Station Archivist
1
3
Sump Dredger
3
4
Aloof Travelers
3
8
Captain Farron
1
8
Lost Soul
3
Spells
17
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Timewinder
2
3
Get Excited!
2
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3

Sejuani Swain

As with Riven, no showcase of decks can call itself complete until the Grand General shows up.

Strong Against: Darkness, Scouts

Struggles Against: Lurkers

Regions
Noxus
24 cards
Freljord
16 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
19
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
5
2
13
3
8
4
5
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Swain
3
6
Sejuani
3
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
14
2
Crimson Disciple
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
3
Ember Maiden
3
4
Citybreaker
3
8
The Leviathan
3
Spells
17
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Death Lotus
2
3
Death's Hand
3
3
Ice Shard
3
3
Might
2
4
Avalanche
2
5
Catalyst of Aeons
2

Azir Irelia Kennen

A single list from APAC, which usually denotes a single mind behind it.

Regions
Ionia
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
12
2
5
3
10
4
2
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
1
3
Azir
3
3
Irelia
2
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Followers
15
1
Dunekeeper
3
1
Sparring Student
3
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
4
Voice of the Risen
3
5
Blossoming Blade
2
8
Zinneia, Steel Crescendo
1
Spells
16
1
Shaped Stone
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Syncopation
2
2
Twin Disciplines
2
4
Defiant Dance
3
4
Desert's Wrath
2
4
Homecoming
2

Kalista Viego 

Another take, mostly played in Europe, for the Matron Cithria combo

Regions
Demacia
10 cards
Shadow Isles
30 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
5
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
10
2
16
3
1
4
4
5
0
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Kalista
3
5
Viego
3
Followers
25
1
Oblivious Islander
3
2
Mask Mother
3
2
Minion
3
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
3
Darkwater Scourge
3
3
Laurent Protege
2
4
Spirit Leech
1
5
Radiant Guardian
1
8
Spectral Matron
3
10
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
3
Spells
9
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
2
Single Combat
3
3
Black Spear
1
3
Mobilize
1
3
Stalking Shadows
3

Garen Jarvan Elites

An APAC exclusive, a nearly mono-Demacia blend focusing on the Elites synergy.

Strong Against: Even versus Scouts

Struggles Against: Champless Poros and Ahri Kennen Shurima

Regions
Demacia
38 cards
Ionia
2 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
6
3
5
4
5
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Garen
3
6
Jarvan IV
3
Followers
24
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
2
1
Penitent Squire
3
2
Battlesmith
3
2
Vanguard Defender
3
3
Vanguard Redeemer
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
6
Cithria the Bold
2
8
Tianna Crownguard
2
Spells
10
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
4
Deny
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Elise Fizz

A single-list blend from Americas, relying on early aggression and Doombeast burn.

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
15
2
8
3
0
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
2
Elise
3
Followers
15
1
Inventive Chemist
3
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Conchologist
3
3
Doombeast
3
Spells
19
0
Fading Memories
3
1
Poison Dart
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
2
Unto Dusk
3
3
Lightning Rush
3
3
Stalking Shadows
2

Braum Swain Scargrounds

An interesting take, that ditches most units usually associated with the Scargrounds archetype -- including one of its Champions, Vladimir -- and instead opts for a more Control-oriented path along a variety of board clears.

Strong Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus -- slight edge versus Ahri Kennen Shurima

Struggles Against: Lurkers, Pantheon Shyvana, Darkness

Regions
Freljord
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
7
2
17
3
8
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
3
5
Swain
3
Landmarks
4
3
The Scargrounds
2
4
Blighted Ravine
2
Followers
12
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
3
Ember Maiden
2
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
8
The Leviathan
2
Spells
18
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Death Lotus
1
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Death's Hand
3
3
Ice Shard
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Avalanche
1
4
Whispered Words
2

Noxus Teemo Burn

There seems to be a keen interest in the very old Teemo Burn package -- this is one of the results, and the closest to the classic Noxus Burn formula.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Champless Poros, Pantheon blends

Struggles Against: Scouts,  Darkness, Elise Noxus

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
14 100
champion
3
epic
0
rare
7
common
30
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
13
2
11
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
1
Teemo
3
Followers
19
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
2
Legion Grenadier
2
3
Used Cask Salesman
3
Spells
18
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
3
Sigil of Malice
2
4
Aftershock
3
4
Statikk Shock
1
5
Decimate
3
 

Elise Teemo Sump Burn

An experiment going in a similar direction, but using the Shadows burn package, along with its capacity to copy units.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
15
2
15
3
0
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
2
Elise
3
Followers
19
1
Daring Poro
1
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
2
Chirean Sumpworker
3
3
Doombeast
3
3
Phantom Prankster
3
3
Used Cask Salesman
3
Spells
15
0
Fading Memories
3
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Stalking Shadows
3

Ezreal Teemo Burn

A slower form of NoxZaun burn, now with the somewhat forgotten Ezreal 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
27 cards
Bilgewater
13 cards
Rarities
22 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
5
common
29
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
18
2
5
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
3
Ezreal
3
Followers
12
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
2
Dreadway Deckhand
2
3
Station Archivist
1
Spells
22
0
Poro Cannon
2
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
1
Parrrley
3
2
Line 'Em Up
2
2
Make it Rain
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
1
2
Timewinder
1
3
Get Excited!
1
4
Aftershock
3
4
Statikk Shock
2

Spicy Scouts, ft Jarvan

Yet another take on Scouts, featuring Jarvan -- and which is slightly favored versus the standard Scouts version.

Regions
Demacia
26 cards
Bilgewater
14 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
14
2
7
3
9
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
2
5
Quinn
2
6
Jarvan IV
2
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
1
Jagged Butcher
2
1
Shellshocker
1
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Marai Warden
3
3
Dawnspeakers
1
3
Lounging Lizard
1
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Grizzled Ranger
2
4
Island Navigator
3
4
Zap Sprayfin
1
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Spells
13
2
Blinding Assault
3
2
Make it Rain
1
2
Purify
1
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
1

Bandle Brothers, ft. Rumble

Bandle Noxus Discard never quite became a thing -- perhaps this brotherly bond can make it work?

Regions
Noxus
24 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
13
2
9
3
4
4
3
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
2
4
Rumble
3
6
Darius
1
Followers
21
1
Otterpus
2
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Fallen Rider
3
2
Grave Physician
2
3
Bilgerat Rascal
2
4
Arena Promoter
1
8
Lost Soul
2
Spells
13
2
Electro Harpoon
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Might
3
3
Whirling Death
2
5
Decimate
2
5
Survival Skills
1

Sivir Ziggs Noxurimaggro

Back in the Dark Age of Azirelia, it was actually a (very different) version of Noxus Shurima aggro which had the highest winrate among Meta Staples. Champions and some followers have changed, but this archetype's trio of spells make all the difference when the game is about reach.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Ahri Kennen Shurima

Struggles Against: Scouts, Darkness

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
10
3
3
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
4
Sivir
3
Followers
25
1
Baccai Reaper
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Legion Grenadier
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
3
Merciless Hunter
3
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
9
2
Ruinous Path
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Bandle Jinx Rumble

A mostly Americas-shard take on BandleZaun Discard.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
16
2
3
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jinx
3
4
Rumble
3
Followers
18
1
Yordle Squire
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Conchologist
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Group Shot
3
2
Electro Harpoon
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3

Lonesome BandleZaun Lulu

A somewhat similar take on BandleZaun Discard, in this case a single-list blend from the EU shard:

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
14 900
champion
3
epic
0
rare
11
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
4
1
16
2
8
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
3
3
Lulu
3
Followers
22
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Conchologist
2
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Arena Promoter
2
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
2
3
Get Excited!
2
5
Yordles in Arms
3
10
Treasured Trash
1

Lonesome Senna's Regrets

A single-list blend from the Americas shard, with a fan favorite: Catalogue of Regrets.

Regions
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Bandlecity
13 cards
Rarities
22 400
champion
2
epic
10
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
4
0
5
1
6
2
6
3
6
4
4
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
2
5
Senna
2
Landmarks
3
4
Catalogue of Regrets
3
Followers
15
0
Pesky Specter
3
1
Otterpus
2
2
Conchologist
3
3
Scribe of Sorrows
2
4
Aloof Travelers
3
8
Mirror Mage
2
Spells
20
0
Fading Memories
1
1
Go Hard
3
2
Pokey Stick
1
2
Vile Feast
2
3
Black Spear
2
3
Stalking Shadows
2
5
Grasp of the Undying
1
5
Withering Wail
1
6
Minimorph
2
6
Piercing Darkness
1
6
Vengeance
2
9
The Ruination
2

Yordle Rally, ft. Fizz, Tristana & Poppy:

Go wide and big, or go home!

Regions
Demacia
7 cards
Bandlecity
34 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
16
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
11
3
8
4
2
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
2
3
Tristana
3
4
Poppy
1
Followers
16
2
Bandle Commando
3
2
Bomber Twins
2